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A Texas-Sized Problem for F1 in America

As I sit here waiting for Hurricane Earl to bear down on me (not that it’s going to be anything more than an over-hyped tropical storm by the time it pulls itself together and gets here, although 96% humidity is always fun) I find myself with some time to reflect on the return of Formula 1 racing to the United States, especially with the recently revealed design for the track to be built outside of Austin, Texas.

The Eccentricity of New England Car Culture

Boston, being (let’s face it) a small city, is subject to the same limitations that all small cities have. What makes this town feel larger than it is, however, are the academic institutions that draw in people from all over the world (and send them back out as Red Sox fans, natch) and Yankee eccentricity.

The State of Virtual Racing in America

Being of modest means, I have yet to acquire my own racing car. Perhaps one day I’ll finally get my hands on a Porsche 917K (in Gulf racing livery, natch). But even then, I will be forced to move, as I’m sure parallel parking that beast outside my apartment would be something other than relaxing.

The View from the Midwest - My Theory Holds

The original plan was to bring you one of my promised interviews, but fate intervened and I found myself in Chicago for the past week. Aside from the odd juxtaposition of celebrating a hockey championship in 93-degree heat and humidity (while I was in a suit, incidentally), Chicago is a thoroughly enjoyable city.

The View From New England

Dr. Joseph Nye, former dean of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, wrote a book not so long ago entitled Soft Power: The Means To Success in World Power.
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